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Students Prepare Historic Preservation Plan for Loachapoka, Alabama

CPLAN Students in Lochapolka AL

Students in Professor Rebecca Retzlaff’s historic preservation planning class worked on historic preservation plans for the City of Loachapoka, Alabama in fall semester, 2013. The students worked individually and in teams to document the history of the community, research preservation issues and opportunities, and to create a plan for preservation. The class consisted of students in the master of community planning, bachelor of environmental design, and bachelor of architecture programs.

Student groups took advantage of each student’s interests and expertise, teaming up students from different majors. The students conducted several site visits, and toured the Lee County Historical Society’s Pioneer Park. The students also worked with librarians in the archives of the Auburn University library as well as the Alabama State Archives to uncover the unique history of Loachapoka.

Each of the student groups completed a comprehensive historical survey of Loachapoka, documenting the structures, landscapes, and historical sites in the city. Many of the projects focused on the historic downtown of the city, while a few others focused on residential areas, the cemetery, and natural resources in the community.  The result of the projects were shared with Loachapoka residents and those interested in historic preservation issues, in order to help them preserve the historic resources in the community.